I wasn’t planning to buy a guitar. I swear.

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  1. Jakedog

    Jakedog Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I seriously wasn’t.

    I just stopped at GC to grab some extra strings for my daughter, because she just started playing and broke a couple trying to tune it. We’re now working on learning how to better use a tuner. Lol.

    Anyhow, I take a stroll through the acoustic room, and see this in the used section for $159. So I pick it up and strum a G chord. I put it down, cause I’m a little disturbed by how it sounds. I look at it sitting on the stand for what feels like an eternity, daring myself to pick it back up. I pick it back up. I had to have imagined what I just heard. Strum another open G. Check the label. No, it’s not mislabeled. It’s a cheap guitar. FG820. Made in China.

    Check it over. Neck angle good. Nut is a little high, they always are. Lots of adjustment room there and at the saddle. No cracks or breaks or scratches. Hmmmmm… strum G/C/D. Dammit.

    Now I own it.

    Im a big Yamaha fan. Always have been. They’re always an exceptional “bang for your buck” company. But this is just ridiculous. I brought it home and knocked the nut and saddle down just a hair, and put some new phosphors on. My new campfire/beater guitar is pretty amazing!

    I’m not gonna sit here and say it’s as good or better than a Martin D28 or a nice Taylor, and it definitely doesn’t compete with my Cole Clark. But for $159 it’s simply astounding.

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    A cool guitar is a cool guitar!
    Cool!
     
  3. Deeve

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    Yamaha value is strong.
    Enjoy
     
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    Outstanding!
     
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  5. Jakedog

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    I need to keep reminding myself that I have live guitars, and this is a campfire/couch banger. I’m already finding myself thinking about putting a pickup system in it that costs as much as the guitar did. Stop it! Stop it now! Just leave it alone!
     
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    I know a guy at the local music store who sells them, can’t keep them in stock. If I remember right, I think he said he sells 20 Yamahas a week.
    He’s the only game in town.
     
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    Just happened to me also. I bought an R7 Goldtop Les Paul from a friend. I was just going to sell it to another friend who had been looking for one at a decent price. Now I don't want to let it go
     
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    you must go camping immediately and bathe it in the smell of smoke, only then will you stop thinking of upgrades
     
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    The Yamaha is an iconic quality affordable acoustic guitar. Very few acoustics in that range are any good. It's a classic.
     
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    Your first mistake was picking up the guitar. Every once in a while I’ll pick up something random in a store and it will sound and play exceptional and will have no choice but to buy it.
     
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    Sometimes it’s great to be left handed, where accidentally finding a good guitar for <$200 is just literally not something that would ever plausibly happen. :)
     
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    Those yamahas are a GREAT Value

    I have the smaller body version and it sounds great for what it is
     
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    At least 10% of the subconscious mind is definitely thinking "I will buy a guitar" whenever your body is within a quarter mile of a music store.

    Totally agree about Yamahas. Sometimes, I wonder why I buy anything else bc everything they make is stellar for the price point.

    Enjoy!
     
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    The universe has spoken, you cannot fight destiny. The crime would’ve been to leave it behind, after hearing it’s voice and seeing it’s price. I love my Yamaha acoustic!
    HNGD!
     
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    I find it hard to resist a cheap acoustic that sounds good. I go to far too few campfires to justify the number of campfire guitars I own. HNGD!
     
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    It looks like a steal at $159. Great score! Congratulations.

    I bought a guitar several weeks ago that I wasn't planning on buying. I was in GC and asked to play a guitar with no intention of buying anything. It was something that as soon as I played it, I wanted it.
     
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    I have the FG 800 I love it.
     
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    Yeah Yammys really are great.

    I've been shopping for a bass for the last 2 wks and just kept coming back to the Yamahas.

    It wasn't my first choice or second but it ticked so many boxes, had great features, looks so great, AND was such great value.

    Ordered!
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    I'm amazed you found a Guitar Center that had any guitars.
     
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    It's funny, Yamahas have been the "sleeper greats" and go to recommendations for beginner guitars for at least 30 years now (when I started playing}. Pretty cool they still fill that role, and also that they haven't done something to wreck that rep or take them out of that position.
     
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